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Everyone needs to laugh once or twice, but no more than 10 times in life. Lucky for you, $8 gets you a ticket (a $20 value) for select dates at Hollywood Improv, located at 8162 Melrose Ave.. Hollywood Improv is part of the national Improv chain that helped launch the careers of David Spade, Lily Tomlin, Adam Sandler, and Jerry Seinfeld, but did nothing for the careers of Dikembe Mutombo, Toni Morrison, and Bob Ross. Buy a few Groupons and grab some friends, because comedians require a copious laughter supply to survive.
With your Groupon, you must call at least three days ahead to reserve your ticket for one of the following shows:
- September 17, 10 p.m.: Ryan Sickler Presents: The Re-Up (Angelo Bowers, Tom Segura, Jay Larson, and Ryan Sickler)
- September 18, 8:01 p.m.: Reno 911’s Carlos Alazraqui
- September 19, 11:30 p.m.: Naughty with Sam Tripoli (21+ only; Sam Tripoli, Erik Griffin, Jenna Haze, Cort McCown, Roger Starr, Tonya Kay, Jim Norton, Steve Byrne)
- October 2, 8 p.m.: Todd Glass
- October 3, 7:30 p.m.: Todd Glass
- October 13, 10 p.m.: Hot Comedy Action with Chris Millhouse (Robbie Pickard, Stephen Glickman, Eliot Chang, Chris Millhouse, Brian Scolaro, Bret Ernst, Larry Wilmore)
- October 20, 8 p.m.: Adam Hunter’s A.D.D. Show
- October 22, 10 p.m.: Richmond’s House of Comedy (Tim Mars, Sugar Sammy, Shane Mauss, Mo Mandel, Adam Richmond, Maz Jobrani, The Greg Wilson)
- October 25, 7:30 p.m.: The New Deal Show (Frazer Smith, Rell Battle, Luke Curry, Rich Landes, Yassir Lester, Tom Papa)
- October 31, 9 p.m.: Hollywood Halloween Bash with Owen Benjamin
Like most comedy clubs, The Hollywood Improv requires a two-item minimum. Check out its extensive menu, which includes the mammoth Improv burger (two ground-beef patties, garlic mayo, Swiss cheese, and lettuce). Email the club five days before your show to make dinner reservations, which gets you priority seating. Check out the available shows, and call the Hollywood Improv to reserve your tickets to the show of your choice.
Citysearch says, “At the Improv, it’s big-time acts without the big-time attitude of those Sunset Strip clubs. There’s no lining up outside. Enter and have a drink at the warm and inviting bar…The showroom is classic, with the brick wall made famous by years of “Live at the Improv” tapings.”
LosAngeles.com says, “Without places like the Hollywood Improv, there would be a little less happiness in the world and probably more violence.”
Yelpers and Citysearchers give it four stars: > * This is by far one of my favorite places to go of all time in the way of entertainment. – Bunny L., Yelp > * Overall a great night, inexpensive fun, top-notch comedians, and a mini-ab workout to boot. – Kelley B., Yelp > * I would recommend this place to anyone that wants to have a good laugh and a great time. Leave the uptight, narrow-minded, conservative types at home where they belong!! – ThatGurrlFromLA, Citysearch
The Indomitable Sonny Crand!
If you’re in the mood for laughs, be sure to catch the hilarious comedy of Sonny Crand, America’s Angriest Mime. Here are some reviews from Sonny’s latest show, Stomachache Mimery:
Sonny opened the show by telling everyone to shut up, which seemed especially rude coming from a mime. He seemed very angry about something. – Marlo Cantrell, Seattle Tribune
Sonny talked throughout the performance and then drank most of my drink. When I protested, he mimed punching me and then actually struck my husband, Dan. – Stephanie Lane, Mime Month
Halfway through the show, Sonny left stage. When he came back five minutes later, he had clearly been crying. He spent the rest of the show playing “Smoke on the Water” on an acoustic guitar and complaining about not getting in to graduate school. – Keith Baxter, San Diego News
At the Hollywood Improv, comics lure laughs from deep within bellies as they follow in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv club stages. The club's calendar schedules comedians as often as seven nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-coming funsters who tickle funny bones with fresh material, abundant energy, and feathered reflex hammers.